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Dr. Michael Opsahl

Fertility Medicine
Kirkland, WA
44 years experience male

Locations

Poma Fertility

Kirkland, WA

Address

12039 NE 128th Street, Suite 110, Kirkland, WA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
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Fax

4258220172

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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First Choice Healthcare

Humana Insurance Company

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

UnitedHealthcare

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Poma Fertility’s motto is “Creating Life is Beautiful” because it expresses the combination of working together with people, science, technology and the miracle of life. I started Poma Fertility with Klaus Wiemer PhD, with the purpose of providing high quality care at an affordable price. We address the financial difficulties of accessing high tech infertility care without insurance for more people. We believe we have a solution for most people including what we believe to be the lowest regional IVF cycle prices and the best priced Refund Warranty program (PomaCare). Our practice also embraces family building for everyone including the LGBT community, single women, fertility preservation and family balancing gender selection. Our staff offers a smaller boutique-like environment where you will see your doctor, where you have 24 hour access to your medical information through a web-based HIPPA-compliant portal. We provide our services on-time with virtually no waiting. Personal Information I am an infertility specialist and board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I have practice medicine for 35 years, which has provided me with invaluable experience that I can use to assist people trying to build or expand their families. I retired after 20 years serving our Navy families in 1994. I spent 10 years with a very progressive infertility team at Genetics & IVF Institute. I helped found (with Dr Wiemer and 2 others) Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences in Kirkland WA. Dr Wiemer and I started our new clinic in Kirkland WA called Poma Fertility. Dr Wiemer and I previously achieved outstanding IVF outcomes at NCRS and we continue that tradition at Poma with a renewed emphasis on high quality outcomes, customer service, and exceptionally affordable prices to allow a wider number of people to build their family.

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Fertility Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

497 Answers
259 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Probably: I believe you indicated that your gf is using the bcp for 4 months and she takes the morning after pill after every sex. First, the bcp is very effect... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
See your doctor: You could have lost a lot of blood and be anemic. Your doctor can check your blood count. Also the gynecologist can check for causes and often medical... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
About 2 weeks: Luprolide takes about 10-14 days to get full suppression. You may notice side effects or a response earlier but hormone suppression takes a while. Bes... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
No: The bcp is very effective alone. The condom may help with safe sex but really does not add too much for contraception if you use the pill correctly. B... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Wide variation: The most important variable affecting IVF success is the woman's age. Other factors include male factors, fibroids, blocked tubes, endometriosis, prev... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Thank Goodness No: Twins are very exciting and then you may have your family with a single pregnancy. The problem is that multiple pregnancies, even twins, are much more... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Symptoms will stop: The symptoms should go away as you start stimulation and the estrogen levels increase. If the symptoms are very severe and another ivf required then a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
It is OK: Clomid (clomiphene) should correct the cycle length, ovulation and improve fertility. We commonly give Clomid (clomiphene) on cd 5-9 or 3-7. You shoul... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Another medication: Women with irregular periods often take ocp because it manages menses, corrects hormone issues and provides contraception. When you want to get pregna... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Perhaps a week: Sperm can live for an unusually long time inside the female reproductive tract. Usually they do not survive but for 2-4 days. If you are trying to avo... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Outside the Body: In Vitro means outside the body. So, IVF means fertilization outside the body. We remove the eggs from a woman's ovaries and collect a semen sample fr... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Premenses spotting: Spotting before menses is very common and does really mean anything. You already have about 11-12 days of literal phase too.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
No worries: You need not worry about the pregnancy or your health. You describe a very normal symptom.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
See a physician: You need a physician to help with the hormonal control of menses. We have safe low dose BCP and injectable hormones to help reduce or eliminate bleedi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Nothing, Sadly: We do not have treatments to save a failing pregnancy except in unusual circumstances. Most miscarriages are genetically abnormal - they have the wron... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
They help: I always suggest healthy lifestyles, including supplements. Still, you need to track ovulation and time intercourse. Get tested when not pregnant afte... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Middle: In general, we recommend elective surgery in the second trimester whenever possible. The organs form in the first trimester, but after forming they ar... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Fertility : Fertility is easy for most people. Only about 10-13% of women/couples have infertility. Infertility is a frustrating problem but fortunately we are mu... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Don't stop: The bleeding is a worrisome sign but not diagnostic of a failed cycle. I recommend getting a blood test to check for pregnancy and/or talking with you... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
No worries: I believe your describe a normal variant for cervix position and tissue consistency. Your gynecologist or pcp who performs the pap smear can give a be... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Consult physician: Your doctor could use the bcp to regulate the cycles around the vacation. The hormone control is not too difficult but also not perfect. See your phys... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Paxil (paroxetine) : Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) is considered a class d drug by fda classification. You should stop the medication. You also need to work with your d... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Talk to cardiologist: You are probably safe but you really should get an opinion from your cardiologist, obstetrician and perhaps maternal fetal specialist depending on the... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
We : We need more information to help you understand your situation. I recommend that you see your primary care or gyn physician. The physician can ask a f... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
No ovulation?: You may not have ovulated which would then lead to an abnormal period. This is common in young women. If it recurs often then medication like the ocp ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
I : I agree completely with dr loret de mola about pcos and the issues. The following general data on fertility rates in the us may also be helpful. We do... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Usual Suspects Plus: Certainly, embryo aneuploidy is tops. Aneuploidy can vary by doc and clinic from stimulation issues. Freeze Technique and Embryo quality measures like... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Your : Your gf has irregular periods, which probably means she is not ovulating properly and we sometimes call this pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Irreg... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Perhaps but unlikely: The fertile time in a cycle is actually quite variable. As many as 3% of women ovulated when they expected their menses, so it is possible. The window... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
At least 11 days: The HCG of pregnancy is only measured in the blood 11 days after ovulation. This is why when we use HCG injections to trigger ovulation, we must wait ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Maybe none: The symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman. Some have many symptoms and others have none. Nausea, vomiting, bloating, tiredness, urinary frequ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes and No: Endometrial ablation treatment is a procedure to destroy the lining of the uterus so that bleeding is stopped. If all the lining is destroyed then you... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
No: You probably will not get pregnant with Depo-Provera and the synthroid (thyroxine) will help the pregnancy. Provera should not be given during pregna... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Small but possible: It just takes one, right :) actually, that is too simplistic but if someone really does not want to be pregnant then a good contraceptive is necessary... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes : Yes (and no) because we do not yet have perfect tests. Here are is a link about to multiple resources about menopause timing (http://bitly.Com/gkpe8x)... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes, : Yes, absolutely ask the question. I get asked this type of question all the time. The difficulty for us both is that physicians must stick to evidence... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Surgery or IVF: Microsurgery or ivf can help you get pregnant. Surgery is best for younger women (<35). Ivf can be less expensive and quicker. You need to see specia... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Use an attorney and agency who specialize in surrogacy. The contract is critical to success.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Ovulation?: More likely the timing suggests spotting from ovulation. The estrogen level drops a bit at ovulation and some women can spot. Implantation spotting (n... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Mid-cycle: Typically, ovulation is 14 days before the onset of menses. I suggest that you start about 2-4 days before expected menses. So, start about day 12 and... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes: We usually suggest calculating the date of ovulation as 14 days before menses. So, a late normal menstrual flow can be from a late ovulation. You are ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Not relevant: Progesterone(p4) levels do not reflect the hormone in the uterus. For example, vaginal p4 gives low blood levels but high endometrial tissue levels. I... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes, but small: Twins occur when a woman ovulates 2 eggs (fraternal) or 1 embryo splits into two pregnancies (identical). Fraternal twins can run in a family but iden... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Maternal Age: The risk increases with your age. Your eggs are formed before birth and they remain in the ovary waiting their turn to ovulate. We believe that that o... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Stomach Basics: The stomach is a large sac located just below your diaphragm at the end of a tube called the esophagus which connects your mouth to the stomach. The s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Information Resource: We live in the age of the internet. Never have we had such easy access to rich information. A web search will get you may options but here are three r... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
IVF cause Disability: The research about the risks of ivf are complicated and confusing for a number of reasons. You will find studies suggesting very safe to very risky. M... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Ovarian Cysts: An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac on or in the ovary. Some cysts are normal. Each month women make a cyst on the ovary which contains an egg and w... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Running and Cramps: Running or jogging does not usually cause pelvic cramps. I suspect that the cause of the cramps is independent of the exercise. Nevertheless, it is po... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Yes possibly: Ngu can be caused by chlamydia, which is an infection that is very damaging to the female reproductives organs particularly. Chlamydia can also be sil... Read More
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Dr. Keith Blauer
Dec 2, 2012
I  whole heartedly endorse  Dr Michael Opsahl.  I have known Dr Opsahl since he was on the faculty of the REI Fellowshp for the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr Opsahl consistently provides excellent responses on AVVO.Com. His answers are chock full of helpful information and his recommendations are right on target.
Dr Opsahl is an excellent and experienced physician who I have personally known since 1994 when he was in the military. I recommend him without reservations
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Thank you. I am 32 and he 52. Being his age and having already 6 kids, he is more keen for IVF twins as his ideal as he would really like the babies to have a sibling and by having two at once means h...Read More
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Thank goodness! I was afraid to admit my error to my doctor. Was afraid I was risking cervical cancer or something by not letting a natural process take place. Now I understand that the bleeding while...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I was considering going the illegal and unhealthy route but you helped convince me not to. You very well may have saved me from death.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, SC
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

National Naval Medical Center

Awards

Washington State Magazine, Top Doc (2009-2011)
Host Award for best clinical paper. Opsahl MS, Robins ED, O’Connor DM, Fritz MA. Sonographic Characteristics of Endometrial and Follicular Development in Serial Clomiphene Citrate-Induced Cycles. Armed Forces District Meeting of ACOG, 11/1994
Award for best paper by a resident (1 of 3). Gherman RB, Opsahl MS, Leiberman R, O’Connor DM.. The impact of surgical pretreatment with leuprolide acetate on cellularity and mitotic count in leiomyomata pathology specimens. Armed Forces District Meeting of ACOG, 11/1994

Affiliations

Poma Fertility
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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